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Friday, June 7

9:00am NDT

The Creation, Restoration, and Future of the Salzinnes Antiphonal
The Salzinnes Antiphonal is a unique 16th century illuminated manuscript in the collection of the Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary’s University. Created at the Cistercian Abbey of Salzinnes in Namur, Belgium, it contains religious text, music, and richly decorated illuminations ranging from beautifully embellished text initials to stunning full-page images of Biblical and non-Biblical scenes, including full-length portraits of nuns from the Abbey. Over the last twenty years the Antiphonal has became the centre of much attention and research, including two major exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, almost ten years of analysis and restoration at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), several international choral presentations of music from the book, and more. This session will look at the creation, history, and restoration of this fascinating manuscript, including detailing the extensive conservation work done at CCI. It will examine the challenges it presents for a library in having such an item in their collection, including environmental, security, and access concerns. It will also discuss future plans for the manuscript, including a traveling exhibition to Belgium next year.

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Hansel Cook

Librarian responsible for Archives and Special Collections, Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary’s University
Hansel Cook is the librarian responsible for archives, special collections, and records at the Patrick Power Library at Saint Mary’s University. He is also currently the co-head of the Research and Reference department. Hansel has a bachelor of political science from Dalhousie University... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am NDT
.B 1004

10:30am NDT

CANCELLED due to illness - Reflections of a Guinea Pig: Early Adopters, Graphic Novels, and Libraries
Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library was one of the first academic libraries in Canada (without a Faculty of Education) to build a significant graphic novel collection. At the time, developing a sizeable graphic novel collection in a non-Education academic library was largely untried. As an early adopter, or ‘guinea pig’, the process encountered resistance from within the Library and from an academic institution engaged in research intensification. Years on, with the benefit of hindsight and with graphic novels now widely available in Libraries, it’s a good time for reflections of a guinea pig. This presentation provides deliberations on being an early adopter, with insights into early adoption and its accompanying risk aversion struggles. At a time when Libraries are working hard to remain relevant and connected to their users, early adopter narratives are perhaps more important than ever before. Early adopter culture is about opening individuals and organizations to start-up frustrations without the certainty of success. Yet, early adoption isn’t simply about being first-out-of-the-gate and might have more to do with managing expectations and ousting predictable outcomes. Embracing the challenge of change, this presentation seeks to celebrate the guinea pig and the messiness of early adoption.

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Kristof Avramsson

Engineering & Design Librarian, Carleton University Library
Kristof Avramsson is Engineering & Design Librarian at Carleton University, and subject specialist for Civil and Environmental Engineering, Architecture, and Industrial Design. He was previously a Medical Librarian in Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases at the Laboratory Centre for... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am NDT
.B 1004

11:30am NDT

There’s no such thing as a free book: The real cost of donations to libraries.
Libraries routinely receive offers of collections of books from generous donors. For an academic library, these offers often come from retiring faculty whose book collections are extensive. Large donations of books have both pros and cons for the library. Donations allow libraries to acquire material that they may not otherwise be able to purchase, and every donation has the potential to contain a rare and valuable gem. However, every donation also requires time spent creating spreadsheets, checking holdings, evaluating and comparing titles, and determining the monetary value of books. The hidden costs of processing a ‘free’ book can exceed the cost of purchasing a new book.
In April 2018, the Angus L. Macdonald Library at St. Francis Xavier University had over 8,000 donated books stored in the basement, waiting to be evaluated. Although the processing of donations was an ongoing activity, it was not a high priority, and with a limited number of people to do the work, we could not keep up with the amount of donations we received.
In need of a plan to address our donation backlog, I started gathering data. I examined donation policies, analyzed the workflow of our donations process, calculated the salaries expense, and gathered usage statistics. This presentation discusses the findings of my investigation. Are the donated books that we add to our collections really worth the time, effort, and money we spend processing them?

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Carolyn DeLorey

Collections Librarian, St. Francis Xavier University
Carolyn DeLorey is the Collections Librarian at St. Francis Xavier University. She has had various responsibilities over the past twenty years at the Angus L. Macdonald Library, including government information, copyright, and data and statistics, and is currently the head of collections... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm NDT
.B 1004

2:00pm NDT

Moving Forward: Library and Archives Canada Update
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will give a short presentation on the work it has been doing and what is planned for the near future; the implementation and milestones of the library system renewal, the new Co-Lab tool, Digital Preservation, Indigenous Initiatives, the LAC three-year plan, and more.


Monica Fuijkschot

Director General, Library and Archives Canada

Friday June 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm NDT
.B 1004